France

France: a petri dish for viral hate

By Shirli Sitbon, January 2, 2014

There are plenty of antisemites in France, just as there are in many other countries. The question that should trouble us now is how a man like Dieudonné has managed to position himself as their mouthpiece while maintaining his reputation as a man of the people, a figurehead for the victims of racism, a leader of the marginalised.

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Boycotters fined for ‘provoking violence’

By Shirli Sitbon, December 5, 2013

An appeals court in Colmar, eastern France, has handed 12 pro-Palestinian activists suspended 1,000-euro fines for organising a boycott of Israeli products.

The court, which also ordered the boycotters to pay the plaintiffs’ legal fees of 24,000 euros, condemned them for “provocation to discrimination, hatred or violence” against people belonging “to a nation, race or religion”.

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Outrage over cleaning product called ‘Cyclone B’

By Charlotte Oliver, December 2, 2013

French company IPC-Sa was condemned by the European Union on Monday after it was found to be distributing a range of cleaning products under the name of “Cyclone B” – reminiscent of the “Zyklon B” gas used by the Nazis to murder concentration camp prisoners.

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France 'uses all it strength' to fight antisemitism, Hollande tells Knesset

By Sandy Rashty, November 18, 2013

French President François Hollande has told Israeli politicians that France "uses all its strength combating antisemitism".

In a speech to the Knesset today, the French leader also expressed concern over Iran’s nuclear programme and reiterated his support for a two-state solution between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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Netanyahu and Hollande take tough stance on Iran

By Charlotte Oliver, November 18, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday he would not be bound by a “bad agreement” on Iran, which would allow Hassan Rouhani’s regime to produce the necessary fissile material for a nuclear weapon.

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Vive la France for refusing to sign this mad, bad agreement

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, November 14, 2013

Who would have ever thought that the only thing standing between the tree-hugging brigade and a nuclear-armed Iran would be a French socialist government?

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Shivers in France as Marine Le Pen gets poll boost

By Shirli Sitbon, October 16, 2013

A by-election win and a favourable poll rating for France’s far-right party Front National (FN) have set alarm bells ringing in Paris but did not come as a surprise to French Jews.

A poll carried out last week suggested the FN could get 24 per cent of the vote in next May’s European Parliament election, beating former president Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP and the Socialist Party.

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Being Jewish in France? Ça va bien

By Naomi Firsht, October 11, 2013

This Rosh Hashanah, I was reminded of the sorry state of affairs that is Jewish life in France when I read the “It’s been quite a year” JC news round-up.

Apparently this past year has seen a surge of French Jews crossing the channel due to a 58 per cent rise in antisemitism in France, a view that I imagine was based on an earlier article entitled “Exodus to the UK as

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Le Pen acts on racist

September 12, 2013

France’s national Front party has suspended one of its local election candidates, Francois Chatelain, for posting antisemitic statements and a picture of a burning Israeli flag on Facebook. Party leader Marine Le Pen said that Chatelain’s posts were “in total contradiction with the political line of the FN”.

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Chabad arrests over abuse case

By Shirli Sitbon, September 3, 2013

It emerged last week that two senior members of France’s Lubavitch community were arrested on July 31 over a paedophilia scandal at a Chabad boys’ school in Paris.

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